June 25, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) - Six former SMU football players and Associate Head Coaches Tom Mason and Dan Morrison will participate in the New Era Bowl, Sunday, July 8, in Osaka, Japan.
Coached by Mason and Morrison, former Mustangs Patrick Fleming, Chase Kennemer, J.J. McDermott, Ryan Moczygemba, Bryce Tennison and Bennie Thomas will play with local Japanese players on a team that will battle a squad made up of former Oregon State players and local Japanese players.
The New Era Bowl has been in existence since 1990. Initially the game was referred to as the "Hesei Bowl" before it changed to the "New Era Bowl" in 2002. The game features Japanese collegiate all-stars playing with former American collegiate players. Two American colleges are invited each year along with six former players and current coaches. The Japanese all-stars install the visiting American college's base offense and defense and the game is played with former players from the visiting colleges.
This year's game will be played at the Kincho Stadium in Osaka, Japan, with a 4 p.m. kickoff local to site.